Last month 66,000 residents of the Royal Borough visited the Hornet's Nest. Without showing off the Dame can claim that the Nest has a reach greater than any local newspaper in the sense that those visitors are deeply committed to the interests of the Borough.
The other day The Dame wrote to Cllr Campbell asking the very simple question...."how much is each deputy leader being paid"?
So far, not the courtesy of a response. No doubt her own £70,000 a year is useful to fund the hideaway on the IoW....the woman is a disgrace!
The other day Cllr Campbell announced on BBC Radio that she will spend a big chunk of the Borough’s £300 million reserve fund on social housing for the Grenfell victims.
But is this lawful?
The money came from hard pressed Council Tax payers. Dizzie told the BBC that the Council reserves were “put aside for an emergency and that is what we will spend it on”.
These are the words of any spendthrift housewife who suddenly needs to justify to her husband why she has raided the family savings account.
Not a single other Local Authority taxes in order to create an emergency fund.
The Leader's new policy needs careful scrutiny.
All infrastructure spending should come from central Government via the Central Grant. (Schools, hospitals, libraries, council housing). And this needs to be argued for. The Royal Borough is the only Council in the country operating with a big slush fund created by over taxing Council tax payers.
It has been useful for subsidising Holland Park Opera to the tune of £1 million every year and paving Exhibition Road with pink granite from China imported at a cost of £30 million.
And the practice of promising a decrease in Council Tax just before local Government elections. (In layman’s terms this is called a bribe). But these practices have to stop.
For the last ten years, the Country has been in austerity. It will be extremely difficult for Hornton Street to argue that the £300 million reserve was amassed from surpluses from the Central Grant.
The Central Grant should cover what is agreed. And Council Tax should cover what is necessary for central services (garbage collection, the parks, street cleaning etc).
If there is an emergency such as flood, fire, or terror attack, then the established practice is for Central Government to find the necessary recovery resources.
As usual, our Lizzie is dipping her fingers into the nearest chocolate box. This is known as Sloane Square expediency.